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What is cannabis? It’s the most widely-used illegal drug in Britain, although the numbers of people using it are falling.
There are many myths about cannabis – that it’s safe because it’s natural, that using cannabis will completely ruin your life, your health and your future or that using cannabis will lead you into using other, more dangerous drugs. What is true is that cannabis can havesome very real, harmful effects on your mind and body, as well as creating longer-term problems.
What are the different types of cannabis? Although it’s all from the same plant, cannabis comes in many different forms.
How is cannabis taken? There are a few ways of taking cannabis:
What are the effects of cannabis?
Cannabis has a number of different effects. It is classed as a sedating and hallucinogenic drug. Its effects can turn out to be pleasant or unpleasant:
Cannabis can mess with your mind
Cannabis can mess with your body.
What is the effect of mixing cannabis and alcohol?
What is cannabis cut with?
Cannabis may be ‘cut’ with other substances to increase the weight and the dealer’s profits.
Can you get addicted to cannabis?
The simple answer is ‘yes, people do become dependent on cannabis’. This means you can get ‘cravings’ for cannabis, and may have difficulty staying off it even if you recognise using it has started to cause you problems.
And regular users can also get some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms on stopping, including irritability, mood changes, feeling sick, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping; and even sweating, shaking and diarrhoea in some people.
You’re also at real risk of getting addicted to nicotine, or staying addicted to it, if you roll your spliffs with tobacco.
Cannabis and the law
What if you’re caught with cannabis?
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